Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso’s first-ever match towards AC Milan led to a 2-2 attract Serie A on Sunday. Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Dries Mertens scored for Napoli to cancel out Theo Hernández’s opener however Franck Kessié leveled from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time. Napoli remained sixth within the Italian league, two factors above Milan.
Gattuso had each performed for and coached Milan however had by no means confronted the Rossoneri since leaving by mutual consent on the finish of final season.
There was a touching second earlier than the match when Gattuso embraced Milan technical director Paolo Maldini, who he performed with at Milan for 10 years.
“There are such a lot of feelings, as a result of it’s the primary time I confronted the staff that made me grow to be a person and made me win a lot,” Gattuso stated.
“However I’m indignant tonight with my gamers, as a result of once you create seven to eight possibilities you could rating. It’s not only a downside with the forwards, we simply get to inside 18-20 meters of the aim, however we nonetheless make so many errors and we have to enhance.”
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma pulled off two excellent saves earlier than his facet went forward towards the run of play within the 20th with Hernández volleying in Ante Rebić’s cross.
Napoli leveled 14 minutes later when Donnarumma may solely parry Lorenzo Insigne’s free kick into the trail of Di Lorenzo, who tapped within the rebound.
And the hosts went forward on the hour mark as José Callejón pulled the ball again for Mertens whose effort squirmed below Donnarumma at his close to submit.
Milan had not misplaced for the reason that restart and leveled when Giacomo Bonaventura was tripped within the field by Nikola Maksimović and Kessié transformed the ensuing penalty.
Milan performed the ultimate jiffy with 10 males after midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers was despatched off following two bookings in three minutes.
Genoa improved its probabilities of avoiding relegation with a 2-Zero win over last-place Spal.
Goran Pandev and Lasse Schöne scored in every half and Genoa additionally had a penalty saved.
It was Genoa’s first win for the reason that restart and lifted the staff out of the relegation zone. Genoa is one level above Lecce which hit the woodwork twice in a 0-Zero draw at Cagliari.
Spal is 11 factors from security with six matches remaining.
The match in Genoa was performed at a sluggish tempo, with temperatures topping 30 levels Celsius (90 F) .
Pandev fired Genoa in entrance within the 24th minute and the hosts had a fantastic probability to double their lead 13 minutes later however Iago Falque had his weak penalty saved by Spal goalkeeper Karlo Letica after Arkadiusz Reca tripped Francesco Cassata.
Genoa did get a second shortly after halftime when Schöne curled a powerful free kick into the highest nook.
It may have had a 3rd moments later however Andrea Pinamonti hit the submit.
Federico Bonazzoli scored a spectacular aim six minutes from time to assist Sampdoria to a significant 3-1 win at fellow struggler Udinese.
Bonazzoli acrobatically volleyed in Samp’s second aim with a scissor-kick. Bram Nuytinck thought he had equalized moments later but it surely was dominated out for handball.
Samp moved degree on factors with Udinese, six factors above Lecce.
Davide Faraoni additionally scored in equally spectacular style to assist Hellas Verona draw 1-1 at Fiorentina, which leveled with virtually the final kick of the match.
Parma scored two stoppage-time targets to battle again from 2-Zero down to attract 2-2 towards Bologna.